To Lighthouse Trails:
Thank you so much for all the work you do. Your website has been so helpful and informative as we seek to gain more understanding about the emergent church and contemplative spirituality in general.
The reason I’m writing is because I was looking something up on your site for a friend and came across your recently updated information about Colorado Christian University. Our _____ is a ________ at CCU this year, and we’ve been keeping a close eye on the contemplative influences there. Well before we knew about contemplative spirituality and your wonderful website, our _____ grew very fond of CCU. My husband and I ultimately decided to allow _____ to go there, but we discussed contemplative issues with ___ in great depth and also had ___ read Castles in the Sand and Faith Undone this summer. We want ___ to be fully aware of things ___ might encounter there, and also be prepared to hear some of the key words and phrases that have to do with the contemplative subject. We are trying to help ___ avoid taking classes that require reading books and authors that we’ve heard about from your website.
I also wanted to give additional information about the chapel you mentioned in your update. Last April, I decided to listen to the chapel that featured Archbishop Aquila as a guest speaker. My husband and I were wondering why they had him as a guest . . . it boggled our minds. Much to our surprise, the Archbishop actually encouraged the students to practice lectio divina, and proceeded to instruct them as to how to do it. We thought you might be interested to know about this ~ it was very disappointing.
The required new student retreat is this weekend. The brochure mentioned “workshops on contemplative topics.” We are interested to hear about what those are from our _____. ____ is avoiding taking those workshops if they are optional, which we hope they are. ___ knows what to steer clear of thanks to your website!
We appreciate you keeping us informed on this huge topic!
Please keep our names anonymous if any of this information is posted . . . thank you!